Mohawk Baseball Squad in Action
The Mohawk baseball squad split a pair of games last week, beating the Pocahontas Redskins 5-4 on Tuesday, then falling to Melbourne 9-4 Thursday, April 6. The squad was slated to host Walnut Ridge Tuesday afternoon at Independence Park, although the final score was not available as of press time.
The Tribe jumped on the Redskins early in their contest last week, plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-0 lead. The Mohawks added another run in the third, and two more in the sixth, while preserving the shut-out into the seventh inning behind a strong pitching performance by Josh Lyman.
In the top of the seventh the visitors mounted a rally, scoring four runs and chasing Lyman as Dylan Bellers got the nod. He worked the final frame, giving up one hit and one earned run, while walking two and striking out one. As for Lyman, he worked six complete, giving up just two hits and four walks while fanning 10 although he gave up the three Pocahontas earned runs late. He also hit three of the Redskin batters.
Bellers was 2 for 3 with a pair of RBI and a run scored, Michael Palmer was 2 for 4 and scored a run, Holden Tarno was 2 for 3 with an RBI and John Jones was 1 for 3 and scored a run. Drawing walks were Bellers, Quentin Reeves and Bret Fuller.
Thursday afternoon Melbourne visited Piggott and beat the Tribe 9-4. Jumping to a 3-1 lead after one, the Bearkatz added another run in the top of the second, only to have the Mohawks score two in the home half of the frame to cut the lead to 4-3. Neither team scored in the third, with Melbourne adding another run in the fourth, three in the fifth and an insurance run in the top of the sixth to make it 9-3. The Tribe did plate a run in the home half of the inning, which set the final score.
Palmer got the start, working three and-a-third innings while giving up three hits and five runs, one earned, while walking five and striking out seven. Hayden Lemmons and Jones provided the relief, but didn't figure in the decision.
Bellers once again had a strong game at the plate, as he went 2 for 3 with an RBI, while Palmer was 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored; Lemmons was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI and Andy Risner had a hit. Drawing walks were Reeves, Trey Gossett and Jones.
The Mohawks now stand at 6-7 on the season, as they're set to visit the Highland Rebels this Thursday, April 13. Friday afternoon the Rector Cougars will visit Independence Park for non-conference play and next Tuesday, April 18, the Tribe is slated to visit the Corning Bobcats as the regular season winds-down.